Preparing the Room to Paint
Before you begin to paint, move away any objects that are not to be painted, including: furniture, pictures, lighting fixtures, wall hangings, switch plates and outlet covers. Be sure to cover your floors with a drop cloth, or plastic sheeting. Newspapers and sheets are not recommended as they allow the paint to soak through them.
If you are painting the walls in the room, use painter's tape to keep paint off the trim and windows. This is important, and will save you time in the long run.
Peel off all painters tape before the paint is dry.
Dry paint can cause the painterıs tape to tear or pull some of the new paint
off the surface you just painted, making it even harder to remove. If the
paint has started to dry before you have a chance to remove the tape, run a
razor blade lightly along the painters tape to insure a clean edge when the
tape is removed.
When painting a room, it's best to paint the ceiling first, followed by the walls, with the trim, cabinets, and doors painted last. Work from the top down. In order to keep a wet edge, only cut in one wall at a time before you begin painting with rollers.
Brushes are used to cut in around the ceiling,
trim, windows, and doors before using a roller. They are also used to paint
the trim, window frames and doors. There are a number of brush sizes
available in both straight edge and angled sash. Your choice depends upon
the size of the area you are painting and whether you prefer a straight edge
or an angled sash. Rollers are a great time saver for painting larger flat
surfaces such as ceilings and walls. Roller covers come in various nap
lengths. Your choice depends upon whether the surface to be painted is
smooth or if it is more textured. The more textured the surface, the longer
the nap should be in order to allow the fibers to push the paint into the
crevices on the surface.